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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Literature

All time
# Kazuo Ishiguro
British writer of The Remains of the Day wins Nobel Prize for Literature
The prize is worth 9 million kronor (€1 million).
# Beren and Lúthien
A new JRR Tolkien book has been published (and there's a huge Irish wolfhound on the cover*)
*Well it’s Middle-earth, so it’s not really an Irish wolfhound.
Column: 'Irish women were writing too, yet we don’t hear half enough about them'
If Irish women hadn’t been so feisty and fascinating the poor men would have had little to write about, writes Eleanor Fitzsimons.
# hennessy awards
An award-winning story before bedtime: I Could Have Been a Dancer
Read a story which won the First Fiction award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards.
# Mr Tambourine Man
Bob Dylan FINALLY accepts Nobel Prize for Literature
The decision to give the musician the award sparked controversy in recent months.
# books books books
Looking for good books to buy as Christmas presents? Here's some help
We have recommendations galore.
# Nobel Prize
Bob Dylan finally breaks silence on Nobel Prize award
The 75-year-old is the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.
The making of Dracula: How Bram Stoker's 'in-betweener' status inspired horror
Being a middle-class Anglican in Victorian Dublin helped Stoker create one of literature’s most monstrous characters.
# novel quiz
Can You Fill In The Words In These Literary Sex Scenes?
How well do you know bad sex writing? Test yourself.
# long gaze back
Here's why Ireland's women writers aren't being ignored anymore
We speak to the editor of a new anthology, broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson.
# verdict is in
Harper Lee's long-lost novel has arrived - here's what we think of the first chapter
There’s an exclusive extract on line today.
# IMPAC Award
Jim Crace interview: "I'm an un-tortured writer and that isn’t very sexy"
That hasn’t stopped the British writer from scooping one of the world’s top literary prizes.
# hay festival
The 'Woodstock of the mind' is visiting Ireland next week
And Marian Keyes will be there.
# IMPAC Award
This book is the best you'll find in a library right now worldwide
The winner of this prestigious award is €100,000 richer.
# Criticism
Sinn Féin defends leaflet amid accusations of 'blatant sectarianism'
A leaflet for Gerry Kelly contains census figures showing more Catholics than Protestants in North Belfast.
# Samuel Beckett
Paris audience in "group hallucination" at the work of one of Ireland's literary giants
Beckett’s ‘Not I’ is an eight minute breathless monologue.
My favourite female characters are warm, wilful and – above all – flawed
The push for strong female characters literature is great, but let’s remember that ‘strong’ doesn’t mean ‘perfect’.
Column: 6 highly influential people share their favourite books
Got a new e-book? Start downloading these gems…
# one hundred grand
Five Irish authors are up for the world's most valuable book prize
The award is run by Dublin City Council and is specific to English language publications – although it includes translations.
# saints and scholars
Arts Council announce nominees for new Irish fiction laureate award
The winner will receive €150,000 over three years and is set to be announced in January next year.
# congrats are in order
A book about a prisoner-of-war camp won the Booker Prize last night
Richard Flanagan is the third Australian to win the prestigious award.
# Books
French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for Literature
The award is the biggest prize in literature and is worth €877,000.
Seamus Heaney honoured with 'Poetry House' in hometown of Bellaghy
The event was supported by his family.
# Sheridan Le Fanu
The Irish author of Uncle Silas was honoured with a Google Doodle today
Sheridan Le Fanu was born in Dominick Street in Dublin 200 years ago today.
# wordy competitors
Two Irish novelists have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
So was Englishman David Mitchell, who lives in Co Cork.
# rated R
Here are the 'pro-gay' kids books Singapore is clamping down on
A penguin with two dads, children adopted from China, and an American favourite.
Short Story: Whalesong
The third prize winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
Short Story: The Chamber Pot
The second prize winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
Short Story: The Oyster Catchers
The winner of the RTÉ Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.
# bookworms
The 10 best books of the year (so far), according to Amazon
A ready-to-go shopping list.
# Bloomsday
11 people who haven't read Ulysses either
It’s on the bookshelf but…
# Ulysses
Bloomsday breakfasts, walks, talks and music celebrate Joyce's iconic work
Events have been taking place all week to commemorate Joyce’s most iconic work.
Extract: Dubliners 100, a modern re-telling of Joyce's tales of life in the capital
Fifteen Irish writers have contributed to a modern re-telling of James Joyce’s classic short story collection, Dubliners, to mark the centenary of its publication.
# Congrats
Irish author Eimear McBride wins £30,000 Baileys Prize for her debut novel
She spent more than a decade trying to get it published – and now it’s won one of the biggest prizes in literature.
# tilting at windmills
Radars used to hunt for remains of Don Quixote author
Miguel de Cervantes died in poverty on 22 April, 1616.
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning writer, has died
The Colombian writer was 87.
# Twitfiction
Meet the Kerry author chosen to take part in Twitter's literary festival
The Twitter Fiction Festival has 52 authors telling their own original stories within the restrictions of 140 characters.
Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?
It has become an internet sensation over the last decade, but not all is as it seems in the world of Fan Fiction, writes Stephen Downes.
Column: It’s time to break down the barriers around poetry
Can’t we get more from our vast historic and modern wellspring of poetry? We are, after all, the nation that has reputedly more poets per square mile than any other in the world, writes Stephen Downes.
# ship has sailed
J.K Rowling says that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together
We say NAY.